Fundamentalism Is Less Interesting Than Reality

Fundamentalism Is Less Interesting Than Reality April 12, 2015

There have been times when I thought the opposite – when the world filled with angels and demons and a cosmic spiritual battle waging across it has seemed so much more exciting than the world most of us inhabit.

But then Fred Clark comes along and writes something like this:

I often criticize fundamentalism and inerrantism because it’s wrong. And it is wrong. But it’s flattened, fragile approach to the Bible isn’t just wrong, it’s also far less interesting than the real Bible really is.

That is the conclusion to a post he wrote focused on the Synoptic Problem. Click through to read it.

Fred Clark often criticizes fundamentalism and inerrantism


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  • It’s!!! 🙂

    • Cecil Bagpuss

      Remember that he’s trying to promote errantism 🙂

    • I left it in its original errant form because I thought that might generate additional comments. 😉

  • John Thomas

    Read the original article by Fred Clark. Whatever he said is totally true. I still remember when I was once discussing with my friend who is an Evangelical Christian about the topic of the women who came to anoint Jesus at tomb regarding the alleged discrepancies (author of gMark saying Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James and Salome and author of gMatthew saying Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James and mother of Zebedee’s sons), my friend said, Salome is actually the name of mother of Zebedee’s sons. I told him, it maybe true, but we don’t know that. Then when I told him that author of gLuke says Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary mother of James, he replied that Salome was among the ‘others’ mentioned there. I am not saying he is wrong, but I just noticed his wish to harmonize the accounts because of his commitment to inerrancy.

  • Michael Wilson

    As a fan of fantasy I won’t lie and say Montana State University was more interesting than Hogwarts. But that’s why Harry Potter sold so well. I often see in the Bible’s fantasy through a metaphor for the real and so I think we csn imagine our selves in a world of angels, demons and spiritual wars. Let us look at the apocryphal tale of Solomon bottling the genies to build his temple. The genies, or demons, are the spirits of the worlds phenomenon and I think we can imagine that when the engineer manipulates the powers of chemistry, gravity, motion and do forth, they are, like the wizard, bottling uncooperative forces and forcing them to do their bidding.

  • John Thomas

    One of the names that pops into my mind in this regard is Dr. Timothy McGrew of Western Michigan University. He has harmonized all the alleged discrepancies between various gospel accounts. To the extent that he even harmonized events in the gospel of John with that in the synoptic gospels. That is a phenomenal effort in my opinion. There are youtube videos available where he addresses alleged discrepancies.

    • TomS

      Has anyone produced a text which it is impossible to “harmonize”? I think of the famous “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously”, which has been given a meaningful interpretation.